Back in late 2018 we caught up with the legendary Peter, Bjorn and John when they released Gut Feeling from the Darker Days album. A year on, their twentieth anniversary sees them drop Rusty Nail from their ninth album, Endless Dream.
The trio have a knack for creating gently insistent and occasionally quirky indie-pop, and Rusty Nail is no exception. Snappy lyrics and a catchy vocal melody set the scene for a restrained yet open sound, blending melancholy and immediacy in such a way as to leave you singing along to someone else’s tales of reflection and occasional regret.
Björn (Yttling) of the band says Rusty Nail gets its inspiration from a Swedish kids song: “You trade toys, and if you get the rusty nail instead of the teddy bear, it’s not so fun. When you’re younger, you want to get into making music, but you don’t know what it is. The more you know, the less you know, and the harder it is. It might sound like whining, but that’s what it feels like when you’re making music sometimes.”
Rusty Nail is out now and can be streamed or downloaded on all major digital platforms. You can find out more about the song and the album by checking out the bands’ Facebook page and Instagram account. Endless Dream is out March 13th via INGRID and the band have announced a 17-date North American tour to tie in with the release.